Important New Update on Oregon HB 2843: Clarification from Helen Hill.

Helen Hill has clarified what went down in Salem yesterday about HB 2843. (see blog directly below this). I’m quoting her entire post here so there are no questions: TO BE CLEAR! I did not meet with Rep. Hunt… I had a very brief meeting with the outer office people, who told me Hunt (who is Speaker of the House, by the way) was floating this bill at the request of a constituent. Two of the office people said “you don’t have to worry about this. it’s not going anywhere” or something to that effect. I left some written info. I have a meeting at 1:45 this coming Tuesday with the legislative aid that is running with this. Ron Morgan is going to be there too, (YAY RON!) and any of you who are in the area and would like to come and discuss why this bill should be dropped, please do stop by Rep Hunt’s office next Tuesday. This is not the time for conspiracy theory. There is internet chatter that HB 2843 was induced by any number of factions: adoption agencies, intermediaries, searchers, churches, and money interests. Helen has been very clear that the bill, as far as Continue Reading →

Oregon HB 2843: Hold Your Horses! Send Affirmative Letters

Earlier today we learned that Rep. Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) recently introduced HB 2843 in the Oregon House. The bill essentially repeals the adoptee rights landmark Measure 58 ballot initiative, which in 1998 restored the right of OBC access there. This bill came out of nowhere. Helen Hill, chief petitioner for Measure 58, met with with Rep. Hunt and his aides this morning. Helen reports that their talk was very fruitful and highly positive. Helen will be meeting with Rep. Hunt again on Tuesday and feels that any escalation at this time would not be useful. If more action is needed after that meeting, she will let us know. In the meantime, Helen requests that no “angry letters” be sent to Rep. Hunt, but…if you are an Oregon adoptee please write a note to him affirming the positive results of M58. [email protected] You can also make make comments on the bill here: Read the Oregon Adoptee Rights Blog and join the list: Mary Hunt Peret’s blog on the history original birth certificates is here. The history of the M58 campaign is here. Well keep you updated!